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Fantôme Strange Ghost | Brasserie Fantôme

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3.91/5
Very Good
183 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium
fantome.be

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rastaman on 09-11-2002

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#8,210
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183
pDev:
14.83%
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Photo of yen157
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Clear, orange-red body, medium-fine soft head. Nose is quite intriguing. Coriander, orange peel, something like basil, and another herb or two. Rosemary maybe. Smells like heavily herbed pasta sauce. Light tartness lingers behind it all. Taste is bigtime spice rack. Lots of sage and white pepper. (Perhaps that wasn‘t rosemary after all.) Bitterness is very delicate and doesn’t really seem to be from hops. Nice moderate body and carbonation is appropriate. Good stuff. Flavors really build, so I don't know how "drinkable" this is. Beer may even age well.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

in typical fantome fashion, we have basically no information about this beer. the last one of theirs i had with "herbs and spices" was a spinach juice and curry spice beer, so you truly never know what you are getting with these. also in typical fantome fashion, for me at least, i pop the cap forgetting i also need a corkscrew, and only by an act of extreme generosity and some lifted glassware (these folks werent going to miss them, more of a robin hood situation here) were we even able to get into this one. what a strange beer indeed, deep amber in color, frothy headed at first but settling quickly, and with a prickly almost piquant nose, classic fantome saison mustiness, autumn spices and a dried apple fruitiness, residual sugars still abound here it seems from the smell, and an absolute ton of rustic character. as with a lot of these beers, there is a lot of funk to it that doesnt seem bretty, and i like that, its a huge part of the appeal. this is less skunky and oxidized than a lot of their beers too, although i dont see a date on it. notes of white pepper, citrus peel, candy sugar, and something like lemongrass and tea, its bizarre but not too weird to be into it. i always love dipping into new fantome beers, they are sort of an automatic buy for me at this point, and this is certainly unique. the strength is well hidden, i actually passed out with some beer still in my glass... if you like fantome, you cant not like this!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Fantome...had to buy this when I saw it at a Binny's in Chicago in spite of its hefty $16.99 pricetag (I'm used to seeing Fantome at $14.99).

BOTTLE: Green Glass. Green pry-off crown cap covers an internally housed cork. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz format. Simplistic label design. Imported by the Shelton Bastards.

8% ABV. No style is indicated on the label, but the Shelton Bastards' website identifies it as a saison and "Belgian ale brewed with spices and herbs."

Served chilled into stemware.

Has a healthy carbonation pop upon removal of the cork, but there's no egregious overflow or a carbonation explosion as one would find in other Fantome beers (e.g. Artist).

HEAD: ~2cm in height. Off-white in colour. Somewhat frothy, somewhat creamy, soft looking...not a robust head, nor a distinctive one. Lasts a good 8 minutes, which is pretty impressive at 8% ABV.

BODY: Murky yet somewhat vibrant, indicating an unfiltered ale but a lively one with plenty of lingering hazy sediment and yeasty dregs/lees. Sort of an amber-brown. Nontransparent.

It's an interesting appearance for a saison...the haze is there, but its body colour isn't your usual pale copper. Enticing and lively, but not unique or special.

AROMA: Berry tea. Bursts of subtle berry. Bready amber malt. Treacle. White pepper. Delicate amber malts. Complex loose leaf tea-redolent herbs. Dried rose petals. Hibiscus. Rose hips. Possibly sage. White lotus flowers.

It's a very floral tea-evocative aroma, making for a pleasant inviting scent that promises a brew with many layers of subtle delicate flavours. Not a funky saison by any means, nor a brettanomyces yeast or wild flora-emphatic one, but seemingly unique and certainly curiosity-rousing. I can't wait to try it.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: As soft as saisons come, with some prickly spice (white pepper in particular) giving the texture some oomph, helping coax additional depth of flavour from the flavour profile without making this otherwise refreshing ale dragging, rough, scratchy, or coarse on the palate. Hits soft tea-like notes of fruit, herb, and flowers, nailing rose hips, hibiscus, white lotus, rose petals, etc. On par with a fine loose leaf tea, never betraying its high ABV. Dried orange peel, a hint of clove, orchard pear, brown sugar, apple skin, dried berries, rosemary...the intricacy of this beer seems unrivaled, yet it's anything but aggressive. Kisses of fennel and anise from the Belgian yeast.

Remarkably soft amber malts sit in the background, giving enough pungency to the malt backbone to support the delicate flavours in this subtly executed ale without eclipsing them or rendering the beer too sweet. Attenuation is near perfect, but there are no traces of brettanomyces yeasts or wild microflora; it's quite a clean saison inasmuch as saisons go. No off-notes, though there is a scintilla of green apple that less experienced drinkers might wrongly flag as such.

Balanced impressively well, going for delicate subtle flavours instead of big bold overbearing ones. Proof a saison needn't be a funk bomb, and that complexity can be present without huge flavours. Depth of flavour is nice, and flavour duration and intensity are above average.

Smooth, wet, silky, perfectly carbonated. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or otherwise problematic.

The softness of the mouthfeel helps accentuate the loose leaf tea vibe of the taste, elevating the beer as a whole.

OVERALL: Fantome again proves itself one of the finest producers of the saison style on the planet, if not the finest (depending on your tolerance for inconsistency). I admit I've had buyer's remorse after opening a few Fantome ales; this is not amongst them. Terrifically executed, Strange Ghost lives up to its moniker and delivers a strange - if not unique - expression of the style, staying true to tradition but bringing ample intricacy of flavour to the table via unique selections of herbs and spices. A brew any discerning drinker would enjoy, and a beer I'd happily recommend to friends. Easily amongst the best saisons out there in my book, and dangerously drinkable for its high ABV. Exceptional.

High B+ (3.96) / VERY GOOD

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, best by July 2013. I picked this up at State Line a while back and am finally getting around to drinking it on this pleasant, rainy night.

Decanted into my Duvel tulip, this beer is a clear, ruby red with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention. Plenty of carbonation is visible. The nose is, uh, a strange beast. Herbal and spicy, this really does smell like a mild berbere spice blend (think Ethiopian food). There's a mild paprika-like heat, with some cinnamon and mace. In addition, there's some floral character and some honey. Sweetness is mild, and the tartness is unique, mildly sourdough-like and again, I am really reminded of Ethiopian food.

The palate opens tart, quite herbal and tea-like. There's flavors of cinnamon, mace and a raw, rustic rising bread-like character. A little cocoa, a little fruit (plums, prunes), this is endlessly complex. A little grape-like, mildly musky. The tartness is mildly fruity (grapefruit?) and mildly lemony and lactic. Drying on the finish with some herbs and moderate tannins, there's the spice and fruit that linger on into the finish. Medium-light in body with a medium-high level of carbonation that still remains smooth and creamy, this is a pleasure on the palate. While this isn't my favorite Fantome, this is still a very unique and very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample at the Mondiale 2005: Poured an extremely cloudy color ale with big thick head with good retention. Aroma of juniper and rosemary are extremely easy to detect. Taste is a mix between the rosemary and the Belgian yeast with a real farmhouse taste behind it. I really enjoyed this non-conventional beer.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazy, deep ruby red. Creamy off white head initially stands at a three finger height, but eventually settles to about half an inch. Patches of foamy lacing remain.

S: Tart green apple skin. Candy apple, caramel. Musty and funky. Toast and brown bread. Orange peel. Baseline of herbs and spices. Very herbal, actually. Like thyme or oregano or something of that ilk.

T: Sour, slightly puckering green apple and lemon up front. Crusty brown bread and toast contributions from the malt. Caramel also. Musty and funky on the mid-palate. Herbs and spices are not as apparent as they were on the nose, and they support nicely. Garden herbs. Mint. Orange peel. Finishes a bit subtly with lingering herbs and a receding sourness.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and smooth enough. Very mild carbonation. could use just a little bit more dimension, but it isn't bad.

O: Strange indeed. Not quite sure what they have in here for spices, but it's interesting. It works well enough, but it's nothing mind blowing. A good food beer for sure, it could make for some more esoteric pairings.

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Photo of CellerDweller
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of scruffwhor
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Muddy and ruddy tea and cola color with a nice head trhat recedes to a ring of foam after the pour and first half hour of sipping.

The aroma is viney, soft barnyard, leather, and the herbal, earthy equivalent that gives Red Bull its disctinct aroma. Very cool mix of smells.

The taste is even more in-depth and multi-faceted than the smell. Herbal, toasted mnalts, grass, earth, and viney all roll around the mouth and interact well with one another. The palate is a dry, and a little chalky, but does not take too much fom the overall interesting nature of this beer.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky amber. Quarter-inch, tan head that dissolves quickly. Moderate lacing that falls quickly.

Smell is strange indeed--quite unlike any beer I have ever had. Very interesting and intriguing. I definitely get some spice, but there is also a minty tobacco aroma that my nose regards with a certain level of ambivalence. Perhaps some fig in there as well.

Okay, this is the first time I can reference the band-aid taste I have seen in some of the beer reviews I have read on this site. I can't necessarily say it's a bad thing though. A minty, spiciness comes in at the rear end. Again, there's a vague fig presence...and a nice tartness that is quite appealing.

Mouthfeel is crisp, tingly and dry. Very nice.

Despite the peculiarities of this beer, I find it quite drinkable. It is indeed quite a different beer, in my opinion, but quite a good one.

I recommend trying this one, and I will certainly be enjoying this one sometime in the future.

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Photo of Verecund
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010. Opened on 12.30.2010.

Pours a red-hued umber, like the color of clay, with a slightly vanilla head. There's some lacing, but it's thin and recedes down the side of the glass quickly. Second pour is cloudy, like muddy water.

Lovely nose. Some lemon acidity, a strong aroma of green apples, some light fruitier notes, and some herbal spiciness. Surprisingly sour on the nose.

Some acetic character in the mouth, but a stranger mixture meets the tongue; I get some ginger, pepper, old mint, grassiness, muted muskiness, and other earthy notes. The sourness is more muted than on the nose, but I do pick up on some maraschino cherry and apple. Medicinal bitterness runs throughout the palate, which can be off-putting, especially early on, but the tongue grows accustomed to it. An interesting combination.

Herbal, slightly dry finish.

Just a little thin on the tongue, but it drinks easily for its ABV. I like this, particularly in the nose, but the odd bitterness distracts, and the spicy, herbal notes are indiscriminate and run together. It tastes a bit like the kitchen sink; though this was partly my expectation, I wish the clean sourness in the nose came through more in the mouth. Still, very different and worth a try.

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Photo of Onibubba
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opens with a louder pop than I am used to for a Fantome beer - no complaints here. Light cola brown pour with a nice off beige head - creamy and inviting. Leaves spotty lacing. Slight medicinal/herby aromas, and the taste, seems to be veering into oud bruin territory? Again, no complaints here. A bit lactic, no hint of barnyard. Not vinegary or balsamic touched at all, but still, I am reminded of a Flanders Bruin. Body is very smooth, and alcohol is a non-issue. A very nice, and unexpected taste from a favorite brewer.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Body is a very murky, translucent brown hue. Pours with a 2-3 finger soapy off-white head. Head retains very well at 1-2 fingers.

S- Nose is tart and funky. An acidic tartness-like in a lambic or gueze hits the nose first. Behind this is a good amount of lemon and barnyard funk. A hint of breadiness is there as well.

T- Flavor is good-but not as interesting as the nose. Upfront is a very mild tartness with a muddy-slightly funky and slightly bready backbone. The finish adds some yeasty funk and left to linger is a slight metallic note a hint of bitterness and a light funky note.

M- Low carbonation and full thick, slightly bready, slightly gritty, slightly metallic body.

D- Overall this is a very well done brew by fantome. The main downful is that the flavor isn't nearly as colorful and intersting as the nose. The 8.0% ABV goes by virtually unnoticed. Very well done and very interesting, slightly tart brew.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rust color with a nice off white head of 2 fingers.

Aroma of slight lactic acid, faint cider vinegar, cherry, rosemary, bandaid, and barrel.

Strong hay and rosemary amid some polite cherry sour notes. Light barrel, more herb.

Creamy all the way to the finish which is then turned dry and dusty.

Not a bad saison. Its like a Saison and a sour had a baby.

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Photo of lambiclove
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale? I think not. Pours a dark, hazed brown, with flashes of amber lighter colours. Head is full and robust, a slightly creamy off-white crown. Lacing is present, but a bit transient. I do like the colour, the haze, the creaminess of the head. Looks a good beer.

Nose is pleasantly flavoured, with notes of oak and spice, mixed with a heady aroma of cherry carnival candy. Slight aromas that suggest sourness, with a sweetness to ground it. It's really quite a lovely aroma. I could smell it all night, but I must push forward.

Taste is also good, but slightly less full-flavoured than I expected. On the front, there are pleasant notes of light acidity and a woody oak character, but the back drops off a lot, leaving a milky white chocolate aftertaste mingled with a touch of organics. Feel is light, with a slight crispness, which is pleasant enough, but strike me as slightly odd with the darker flavours on the palate.

Nice brew. Very light on the palate for 8%, and there's very little hint of this. Flavours are pleasant and reasonably well integrated. I feel like there should be a touch more of them, but it's still a very nicely crafted beer from Fantome, who genuinely have a habit of making beers I enjoy.

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Photo of deapokid
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy brown in color with reddish hues when held to light. Carbonation is extremely lively, creating a nice foamy head which dissolves into a ring of lace that circles the rim of the glass.

Sweet cherry and oakey wood barrel aromas emanate from the glass. It's a rather sweet smell and the faint chocolate and mint notes only add to the candied vibe. Although it does pack their characteristic dryness, this is a bit off the beaten path for Fantome.

The initial sip smacks you taste buds with fresh mint and basement musk. Cocoa is present, but faint, but the spicy tingle manages to overshadow it. Imagine eating a bar of Hershey's chocolate while chewing a stick of Wintergreen and you're close. Certainly one of the darkest tasting Fantome beers I've sampled.

Mouthwise, the mint assault is pretty unique and pleasant, leaving behind a slight burn on the tongue. As the dry aftertaste kicks in, roasted notes resonate on the palate, reminiscent of an Irish Dry Stout.

I feel like a broken record saying this, but Fantome is the most innovating brewery on the planet and each of their beers are exciting and unique. Although this is not one of my favorite models, the 750ml bottle was gone before I knew it.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Turbid dark maroon color. Head quickly disappears. Dirt, earth, all spice, cinnamon, basil, thyme, nutmeg all-in-one aroma. Yes this is strange. Imagine root beer without sugar as the foundation of flavor for this beer. Then add that woodsy flavor the spices in La Gourmande mimics and add in some more all spice and ginger. Strange indeed. Thin mouthfeel and woody finish. Must be tried at least once. It doesn't make sense to drink alone. I would pair it with Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of prototypic
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strange Ghost pours a dark amber or copper color. It's very hazy, but has really nice garnet highlights when held to light. A vanilla colored head caps it off and stands nearly two fingers tall. It recedes to a surface covering quickly, but holds there for a while. Lacing was sticky and moderate.

The nose is interesting. It's earthy, herbal, and spicy up front. There's a little pepper, light cinnamon, and ginger. It's a little musky and grassy throughout. Belgian yeast is noted, but isn't nearly as prominent as I'd hoped. There's a hint of sour cherry, but it's very subtle. Other secondary flavors include leather and tobacco. Alcohol is masked extremely well. It's not bad, but it's not great either. It's just...a little out there.

The flavor is similar to the nose. It is spicy and a little herbal up front. Light ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon mix well with pepper. Earthy notes are strong throughout. There's a bit of a grassy flavor, but it's not vegetal. A little sour cherry and tobacco are noted at the secondary level. There's a little Belgian yeast, but more would be better. A light hoppy burst kicks in late. It's a little bitter, but adds some zeal. That alone kicks the flavor score up a notch. Alcohol is damn near absent completely. Finishes spicy, herbal, bitter, and slightly dry.

Strange Ghost has a body that's on the very light side of medium. It feels too thin. A little more of a malt presence would probably resolve that issue. Nonetheless, it's not bad by any stretch. Carbonation is low, and it's nearly smooth. Drinkability is good. The flavor is pretty good, and is definitely interesting. The 8% abv is deceptive. For a beer that size, it goes down easy.

Strange Ghost is interesting beer. I wouldn't call it a BSPA. It seems more like a Saison, but it's not quite that either. It's...strange. It's not my favorite Brasserie Fantôme release, but it's still good beer. I'd prefer a little more Belgian yeast and more body (malts?). Not that Brasserie Fantôme cares what I think. Good beer in any event. Definitely worth picking up a bottle. Do it.

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Photo of joe1510
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml
$14.99
West Lakeview

Strange Ghost looked a little dark in when in the green bottle but the color when in the tulip is totally unexpected. The body is blood red bordering on burgundy and when backlit turns to glimmering raspberry. The head rose easily but maxed out at one finger in height and has the look of dirty beige. After a couple minutes of sitting the head recedes to a thick collar and thin cap, the overall look is very interesting to say the least.

Well....Dany has brewed yet another eclectic and unusual brew if the nose is any indication. There's a semi sweet sugary aroma in back that reminds me of Strawberry Crush, both artificial and sweet. The strange thing is that gives way to red wine vinegar without any trouble at all and before I know it I'm greeted by handfuls of spices and herbs. Rosemary and thyme are most noticeable along with a solid dose of spearmint, talk about unique. A musty undercurrent adds some earthiness. There's a whole fistful of other miscellaneous herbs and spices I can't even begin to try and place. I have a feeling any and all herbs within reach were thrown into the brew kettle.

The flavor has all the craziness that was the nose but seems to be a little better integrated and put together. The strawberry soda quickly segues into red wine vinegar without the acetic sourness. Herbs come in droves; rosemary, oregano, thyme, and spearmint all in that order of intensity with a mouthful of others flashing through here and there. There's a refreshing quality on the finish that could be either ginger or orange peel but most likely both. I like this brew but it's so difficult to put my finger on any specific herb in this bottle.

The body is on the heavier side of light with a slight stickiness on the swallow that bumps the weight up a notch. The carbonation is there but slightly lacking which causes the body to feel a touch watery compared to what it should be. The finish actually brings across some sweetness.

The drinkability is off the charts. I'm having a hard time keeping any of this beer in the glass. With all the complexities I expected this to be more of a sipper but the fruity quality and light body keep this libation flowing without a second thought.

This may be the most appropriately named beer I have ever had the opportunity to imbibe. Strange fits this...thing, perfectly. I'm willing to bet there's fruit in this beer along with all the herbs. How does he get the red wine vinegar quality without the sourness? This Dany fellow is a maniac! If you see this beer sitting on the shelf pick it up. It's a doozy!

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Photo of HopDevil
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The 25.4 fl oz had a white Casper looking ghost screened on it. A bit odd I thought but it's what's inside that counts of course.

Appearance: nice effervescence and color. The head was spritzy and piled up nicely, stayed awhile too till it sagged enough to leave behind some sticky lace around the rim.

Nose: Definite orange citrus, herbs and spice

Mouthfeel: Not the best characteristic of this style or this example of style. Still it was firm and juicy, not bad.

Taste: Peppery, dry, crisp, lip smackin some grassy herbal flavors, a little of the "horse blanket" taste and aroma. Nicely sour but not overly so. (the proprietor, a great guy, who loved Belgians did not like the sour taste... hmmmm, more for me) Finish was dry and gave me a hint of yeasty pears. Did you ever eat a grape that had a bit of wild yeast on it? A bit of that flavor came through in the finish.

Drinkability: eminently drinkable, An, the proprietor of the fabulous Mekong Restaurant at 6004 West Broad St. in Richmond VA, was so gracious. When he learned how much I love sour Belgians he proceeded to pour me three glasses of the Strange Ghost. (we kicked the bottle)

Why you should dring the Strange Ghost: Not for everyone but for those who like this style you won't be sorry.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thorpe429
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capped and corked bottle courtesy of bmanning.

Pours brown with a large, thick, and foamy tan head. Large amounts of lacing. Nose is quite strange. I get some mildly funky notes along with ginger, cinnamon, and other spices. However, the nose is dominated by something everyone seemed to describe as akin to swtrawberry seeds. Everything was incongruent and didn't really come together. Taste was much better with the apices integrating and the strawberry seed scent fading into the funk. Good mouthfeel like nearly all Fantome beers. Nice complexity and quite drinkable.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have had this beer in the cooler for a good while now. I will preface my review by saying that I am not big on spiced beers, so hopefully this one is more reserved.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear orange garnet color with a huge head of tan foam that is held up by a bunch of bubbles rising. A solid minute after the pour, the head doesn't show any signs of letting up. There is some lacing left on the glass after drinking. Overall this is a nice looking beer. Probably 10 minutes after the pour, there is still at least ½" of foam on top of the beer.

Aroma: There is a defined spice to the aroma that reminds me of German Gluwein. There is also a defined candy sugar aroma in here that makes this whole thing smell like the holidays to me. I can get figs in particular as far as fruit, but there is a medley of other things that I can only hope to be able to identify by the end of the review.

Taste: The flavor is definitely spiced. It is not so overpowering that it is phenolic, but not too far from it. I am at a loss to be able to pick out the individual spices, but I am thinking that it is as much floral as anything. The balance is slightly toward to sweet in the finish and I don't pick up the 8% ABV really at all except as a subtle warming in the belly after a few sips. It is pretty well balanced, and gets more approachable as it warms up some. The Saison character is pretty reserved the whole time and the beer is well attenuated so the spices and sweetness hang a bit on their own in the latter part of the sip.

Opinion: Well, this is a well presented beer. I like that it is so complex in aroma and flavor, and yet there isn't really one thing that throws the mix out of balance. That said, it is still a spiced beer, and it is obvious. Though I am probably going to give this beer pretty high marks, because it is a pretty well blended version of what it is...a spiced Saison. I am not sure if I am going to be able to finish my glass, though, because the overall presentation of the beer isn't something that I am cut out for.

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Photo of NoLiberty
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Head pours full but dissipates to low rumble with light lacing. Body color is luminous, light, brilliant, tangerine almost in the light with amber to rose edges. Edges almost maple syrup in color
Aroma: Very mild. Nice ginger nose with some sweet fruit, but overall doesn't add much to the taste.
Taste: Sweet basil front with a strong ginger middle and clean tangy dry hop finish.
Mouth: Front-loaded and doesn't fill the mouth as much as hoped for. Throaty mild aftertaste.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Fantôme Strange Ghost from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 183 ratings
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